Saturday, September 14, 2013
The Word Became Flesh (The Gospel of John)
There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. He came as a witness to bear witness about the light, that all might believe through him. He was not the light, but came to bear witness about the light.
The true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world. He was in the world, and the world was made through him, yet the world did not know him. He came to his own, and his own people did not receive him. But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.
And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth. (John bore witness about him, and cried out, "This was he of whom I said, He who comes after me ranks before me, because he was before me.") And from his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace. For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. No one has ever seen God; the only God, who is at the Father's side, he has made him known." John 1:1-18 ESV
Explanation on John 1:12-14 from the MacArthur Study Bible, page 1534,
"1:12 all who did receive him, who believed in his name. The second phrase describes the first. To receive him who is the Word of God means to acknowledge his claims, place one's faith in him, and thereby yield allegiance to him. gave. The term emphasizes the grace of God involved in the gift of salvation (cf. Eph. 2:8-10). the right. Those who receive Jesus, the Word, receive full authority to claim the exalted title of "children of God." his name. Denotes the character of the person himself. See note on John 14:13-14.
1:13 of God. The divine side of salvation: ultimately it is not a man's will that produces salvation but God's will (cf. 3:6-8; Titus 3:5; 1 John2:29).
1:14 the Word became flesh. While Christ as God was uncreated and eternal (see notes on v. 1), the word "became" emphasizes Christ's taking on humanity (cf. Heb. 1:1-3; 2:14-18). This reality is surely the most profound ever because it indicates that the infinite became finite; the Eternal was conformed to time; the invisible became visible; the supernatural One reduced himself to the natural. In the incarnation, however, the Word did not cease to be God but became God in human flesh, i.e., undiminished deity in human form as a man (1 Tim. 3:16). dwelt. Meaning "to pitch a tabernacle," or "live in a tent." The term recalls to mind the OT tabernacle where God met with Israel before the temple was constructed. (Ex. 25:8). It was called the "tent of meeting" (Ex. 33:7; "tabernacle of witness"--LXX) where "the LORD used to speak to Moses face to face, as a man speaks to his friend" (Ex. 33:11). In the NT, God chose to dwell among his people in a far more personal way through becoming a man. In the OT, when the tabernacle was completed, God's Shekinah presence filled the entire structure (Ex. 40:34; cf. 1 Kings 8:10). When the Word became flesh, the glorious presence of deity was embodied in him (cf. Col. 2:9). we have seen his glory. Although his deity may have been veiled in human flesh, glimpses exist in the Gospels of his divine majesty. The disciples saw glimpses of his glory on the Mount of Transfiguration (Matt. 17:1-8). The reference to Christ's glory, however, was not only visible but also spiritual. They saw him display the attributes or characteristics of God (grace, goodness, mercy, wisdom, truth, etc.; cf. Ex. 33:18-23). glory as of...the Father. Jesus as God displayed the same essential glory as the Father. They are one in essential nature (cf. John 5:17-30; 8:19; 10:30). only. The term "only" has the idea of a singular uniqueness, of being beloved like no other. By this word, John emphasized the exclusive character of the relationship between the Father and the Son in the Godhead (cf. 3:16, 18; 1 John 4:9). It does not connote origin but rather unique prominence; e.g., it was used of Isaac (Heb. 11:17) who was Abraham's second son (Ishmael being the first; cf. Gen. 16:15 with Gen. 21:2-3). full of grace and truth. John probably had Ex. 33-34 in mind. On that occasion, Moses requested that God display his glory to him. The LORD replied to Moses that he would make all his "goodness" pass before him, and then as he passed by, God declared, "The LORD. . .merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness" (Ex. 33:18-19; 34:5-7). These attributes of God's glory emphasize the goodness of God's character, especially in relationship to salvation. Jesus as Yahweh of the OT (John 8:58; "I am") displayed the same divine attributes when he tabernacled among men in the NT era (Col. 2:9)."
Let's pray: Dear Lord Jesus, I am so grateful that..."In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it." Praise God for His beautiful, lovely, gift of salvation. I pray that all who read God's Word will see His truth and be saved. In Jesus' name. Amen.
Have a wonderful Sunday everyone!